Saturday, June 30, 2007

Shelves Makeover
Some friends who were moving gave me these shelves this week. I gave them a fresh coat of white paint and bought some lovely textured 'paper' to line the back of them.
They are now beside my side of the bed, housing the books I am reading and some of my sewing equipment, plus some photos. Oh, and my old bear...Eddy Teddy.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Card Making
After musing about my lack of handmade cards here, I decided to skip any TV and have a creative evening. At this point I would like to add that there really is not a lot worth watching on Sydney television at the moment.

I have been decluttering my photos recently - only keeping special ones and throwing out all the bulky albums from years ago. I kept the photos I thought would make nice cards.
I even salvaged a box that housed one of Madeleine's birthday gifts to keep the finished product in.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Buttons and a Window
A few years ago I inherited a large jar of old buttons that were my Grandma's. They stayed in my sewing box, just taking up room... I didn't want to get rid of them, but there was no way I was going to be able to use them all in my life time. A box frame from IKEA was the answer. Now some are on display.
When we redid our bathroom earlier this year I wanted something different for the window in there. We used to have a wooden blind, but I wanted to keep everything white and light. This is what I came up with. The letters are just cut out of clear contact and stuck onto the glass. The words only really show up at night time, they are quite transparent during the day.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Pretty amazing stuff.

Gotye is the musical project of Wally DeBacker, a Melbourne musician. He has released two albums independently: Boardface (2004) and Like Drawing Blood (2006), the latter of which was entirely made in bedrooms around Melbourne. (Wikipedia)

Monday, June 25, 2007

Does this sound familiar to you?

Angela Throgmorton was exhausted. The time had come to make a few changes.

Old Tom had been a beautiful baby. But now he was big enough to help with the housework.

So Angela made a list of things for him to do.

...All of a sudden Old Tom felt sick.

We have a daughter that mysteriously develops leg pains when she is given any jobs to do.

We love "Old Tom" books in our house. They are written and illustrated by Leigh Hobbs.
My Big Girl is 8!
Time has flown by SO quickly (I know... all parents say that!).

Sunday, June 24, 2007

William Morris
Pictures on My Kitchen Wall
These are 3 postcards I bought at the Powerhouse Museum last year when I went to see the William Morris exhibition. My friend Vanessa made the frames. She covered them with a beautiful textured paper.

William Morris (March 24, 1834 – October 3, 1896) was an English artist, writer, socialist and activist. He was one of the principal founders of the British arts and crafts movement best known as a designer of wallpaper and patterned fabrics, a writer of poetry and fiction and a pioneer of the socialist movement in Britain. (Wikipedia)

And this is a picture painted by my daughter Lauren whilst she was in Kindergarten.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Warm Colours in Our Winter Garden
Those of you who know me, know that I LOVE colour. I love how I can paint a room a new colour and give it a whole new feel. Or make a new quilt cover to match a season.
There are some wonderful yellows through to reds in our garden at the moment.
Chinese Tallow tree, the last to turn in the district I think, adds warmth to Winter. As does the the 'sunflower' tree given to me by Richard B. (I'm not sure of its real name.)
If you look at the photo of the
Chinese Tallow tree below, you will see a large nest in the branches. We think it is possibly the home of a possum.

Madeleine turned 8 this week, and had a sleepover party to celebrate.

Words to describe the family mood yesterday at 3.30pm.
excited, happy, keen, helpful etc.
Words to describe the family mood today at 3.30pm.
cross, cranky, argumentative... you get the picture.

Friday, June 22, 2007

What Colour are You?

You surround yourself with art and music and are constantly driven to express yourself. You often daydream. You prefer honesty in your relationships and believe strongly in your personal morals.

Find out your color at!

Cake Decorating 101
Despite the fact that I am quite handy at creating most things, cake decorating is not my forte. When I first had children I was all quite keen, and would bake a cake and then try and ice it, before beginning the decoration process. However, I have learnt that 'Sara Lee' makes a very good slab cake, just ready for the fancy stuff to be placed on top.

My children are fond of the 'Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book', and spend a great amount of time choosing the next cake they must have for their next birthday. I often listen with mild amusement, knowing that the chances of the cake ever looking like the one in the photograph are slim.
Madeleine's instructions for her cake this year were, that it was to be caramel (wasn't going to happen), and that it was to have the wording, "Madeleine is eight." Well here is what I have come up with:

There are always other little 'cooks' to be found if there is anything to do with cakes happening in the kitchen.
Below are the cute chickens on my kitchen window sill that I bought for the kids last Easter.

Thursday, June 21, 2007


Once a month I have been getting together with a group of ladies who like to read - we talk about what we have read, and then choose some books for the month ahead. Instead of meeting in a lounge room, we decided to meet at 'Borders' tonight. A sensible decision as there is a coffee shop and thousands of books to peruse.
But OH!!!, the temptation!!!!
Fortunately I had a gift card I had received for my birthday. However, it would be all too easy to lose all self control and restack my bookshelves in one mad shopping spree.
This is a few of the boo
ks I hope to read this month.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I have a friend Kate would makes the most lovely cards by recycling other cards, pieces of fabric etc. that she has. I especially like the cards she makes where she sews swatches of fabric onto card using her sewing machine.

I have a box set aside with a whole heap of things I have collected to create my own cards, but despite my good intentions, I hardly seem to do it. Once upon a time I used to make my own Christmas cards each year (about 60 at a time!!), and have them all written on and ready for the mid-December post out. I wonder what happened....
Well, at least I have all the stuff stored in a nice box. Good storage is very important.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

One for those who love flowers.

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

"You have a sunny disposition and are normally one of the first to show up for the party. You don't need too much attention from the host once you get there as you are more than capable of making yourself seen and heard."

Gorgeous...and Tolerated
My family gave me a gorgeous new coat for my birthday. It is not only visually pleasing (to me), but feels great too - soft and velvety. In true tradition, I was the one who found it, bought it, and then asked them to give it to me.
AND I tolerated my first bit of steak tonight in 10 years. It was heavily disguised in a pasta dish, but was still red meat. Now everyone can stop hassling me about needing to eat meat to increase my iron levels!
Time for some more music...

Sunday, June 17, 2007

A Clever Gift
I love gifts that are well thought out to suit an occasion. Andrew received these bottles of wine at the end of last year from the cricket team he was coaching.

The label on the back of the bottle gives a little bit of information about cricket. The 'Silly Mid On', for example, states:

"Standing closest to the batsman, silly mid on is cricket's most dangerous fielding position, again proving the line between bravery and stupidity is indeed fine."

For those who are interested, the wines are from the Clare Valley, and the Sauvignon Blanc Semillon was a very nice drop we enjoyed with lunch today.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Antistress... and great fun.
Falling George (thanks for this one Amanda).
I am not a cat person!
But there are some cute/funny photos out there that come by me via email. And there are a lot of artists who paint caricatures of cats. Here are a few pictures I have seen recently.

Give me a sensible dog anyday...

Friday, June 15, 2007

World's Best Chocolate Cake (Mum's recipe)
2 cups plain flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
1t baking powder
1 3/4t carb soda
1t salt
2/3 cup cocoa
2/3 cup butter
1 cup water
1t vanilla
3 eggs

1. Sift & mix dry ingredients.

2. Mix through butter; then add water, vanilla and eggs.

3. 180'C for 35-45 minutes.

New Beginnings

Emma Louise Grace Sapsford, born 13th June, 2007.